Friday, February 23, 2018
12:00 PM EST
Faith Covenant Church
35415 W. 14 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
church is on the corner of Drake Rd and 14 Mile
viewing to begin at 11:00 am
Life Story / Obituary
Selfless beyond measure, Cheryl Renaud lived her life to the fullest. A lover of all people, she made each and every person she met feel special. Her heart was as big as the great outdoors and there simply wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for another in need. Ambitious and driven, Cheryl leaves behind a legacy of being authentic and compassionate towards others. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her close family and special friends.
Reflecting on the year 1956, it was the year of Rock and Roll music sweeping the nation. Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time, with his current hit, "Heartbreak Hotel" which claimed the charts for eight straight weeks. As the World Turns and The Price is Right debuted on television and The Winter Olympic Games were held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. That same year, Cheryl was born to Donald and Thomasine Renaud on March 27th in Detroit, Michigan. Her father worked as a gas heating specialist and her mother was a bookkeeper. Her step-father, Valentine (Sparky) Blake, the man who lovingly raised her, was a pipefitter. Cheryl witnessed the hard work of her mother and step - father and never took for granted all they provided for her. Born the third of five children, she was a cherished daughter and a beloved sister.
Growing up, Cheryl was close to each of her siblings. She lived a typical childhood and was known to pull the usual pranks including working her way out of doing dinner dishes. Once, she went as far as climbing out the bathroom window to avoid the undesired task and even harder to believe she traded the family pet in order to get out of doing them! Her spunk and creative personality was shown in everything she set out to accomplish. As a student at Farmington Senior High, she was remembered as being easy going and well liked.
Cheryl didn’t wait for the world to show up, instead, she set the world on fire! Nothing was able to stop her drive and it was no surprise that in addition to working as a school bus driver, landscaper, and summer camp counselor at Camp Stapleton at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, she started her own business! Proud to work with her hands over the years, she had an innate sense of all things mechanical and owned her own suspension spring shop, Quality Springs in Hazel Park. Remarkably, she was also the building manager at Faith Covenant Church, her home church.
With a strong desire for supporting and helping others, Cheryl built invaluable relationships with many people over the years. Once such relationship that was special to her was her connection to Ryan who was the son of a friend of hers. She and Ryan spent quality time with one another and enjoyed many of Cheryl’s favorite pastimes from fishing and camping to just shootin’ the breeze. Cheryl had a special way of drawing out the best in others and had a wonderful ability to listen. Her wisdom and guidance over the years helped shape Ryan into the gentleman he is today. Her nurturing spirit and ability to put anyone at ease made her an easy person to call friend. The two of them held a special bond where he often referred to her as his second mom!
Cheryl had a vast array of special interests. When she wasn’t spending time with her horses, hunting, camping, or fishing, she enjoyed water skiing. She also loved to tinker with tools and once built her own chopper cycle which she was very pleased to show off! Being a social person, it was no surprise to learn that Cheryl often loved to entertain by putting on a barbecue with all the fixings! She wanted nothing more than to surround herself with her special people and reminisce about memories or share stories together. To her, even friends were family. Even her pets were family as she loved her pit bull terrier, Baby. Every chance she got, Cheryl was cheering on her Detroit Tigers! Win or lose, they were her favorite MLB team and she was proud of her Detroit team no matter their record! Season after season, she looked forward to tuning in and nail-biting her way through another game. When things were quieter or during the Michigan winters, she savored her reliable TV shows such as Family Feud or watching episodes of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, starring Tim Allen!
Countless times, Cheryl put others first before herself. She never wanted anything more than happiness for her friends and family. All those who knew Cheryl felt blessed by her generosity as well as her endearing spirit. Sadly, cancer took her too soon and she will remain forever in the hearts of her loved ones.
Cheryl A. Renaud, age 61, passed away February 18, 2018, after a battle with cancer. Preceded in death by her father Donald, mother Thomasine Renaud Blake, stepfather Valentine (Sparky) Blake and dear friend, Patty. Dearest sister of Thomas (Jill), Linda McSween (Tom), Gary, Jim (Becky). Loving aunt to Brett, Amanda, C.J., Todd, Meghan, Sam, Brandon, Tiffany. Beloved great-aunt to Devon, Violet, Amelia, Aidan, Selah, Easton, Owen, Kellen, Carrigan, Gavin, Annabelle, Anthony, J.J., Jace, Logan, Liam. Second mother to Ryan and aunt to Nicole and Sean. Family to receive friends Thursday from 2-8 pm at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile Rd, Livonia (between Middlebelt & Merriman Rds). A funeral service will be 12:00 pm Friday (viewing to begin at 11:30 am) at Faith Covenant Church, 35415 W 14 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills (corner of Drake and 14 Mile).